Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
At a Glance
A wonderful spot for amazing game viewing including the elusive leopard
Enormous, spacious tented cottages each overlooking the game-rich Mushika floodplain
Fantastic gameviewing can be had from the comfort of your deck with its refreshing plunge pool
Day and night game drives and walks with your expert guide ensure a great game experience
The remotest and most secluded camp in the Lower Zambezi
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The Lower Zambezi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb birdwatching at the end of the rains.
To start planning your holiday to Anabezi Lodge
Anabezi camp has been built on the foundations of a historic camp which has stood the test of time. The new lodge is beautifully designed to blend in and gives a fabulous safari experience to all ages.
Found at the lower end of the Lower Zambezi National Park in a prime game viewing area, Anabezi comprises 12 luxury spacious tents, including one family tent. The rooms built on wooden platforms on a small ridge which provides magnificent views of both the Zambezi River and Mushika River flood plain, whose year-round grazing ensures spectacular game viewing from the comfort of your tent.
Each of the horse-shoe shaped tents is vast and luxurious in its design, with a large deck to the front with private plunge pool, lounge area, indoor and outdoor bathroom and bedroom area. There has been excellent attention to detail, ensuring there is everything you need here to have a relaxing and comfortable stay.
The camp is split into two, the main camp, and Little Anabezi, which can be taken over exclusively for a family or small group. There are separate lounge areas, fire pits and swimming pools, as well as separate entrances to the two sides of Anabezi, giving guests the feel of an even smaller camp.
During your stay at Anabezi there are plenty of excursions, adventures and sights to behold to keep you occupied when you're not relaxing by the pool or enjoying the camp amenities.
The lodge is well equipped with new game viewing vehicles and the guides are extremely knowledgeable and experienced. Activities here include day and night game drives – with comfortable adapted safari vehicles to ensure you always have a window seat! The night drives are exciting, using a spotlight to find the nocturnal animals such as lion, leopard and hyena, and the lesser-seen wildlife such as genet, civet, mongooses and even aardvark. Also on offer are walking safaris into the Kulefu woodlands and surrounding areas, escorted by an armed scout and your guide. Canoeing safaris along the Zambezi River, birdwatching - approximately 500 species of birds in the Lower Zambezi - and boating and fishing are also available for those who wish to try their hand - on a catch and release basis.
Anabezi's rooms are raised on wooden decks, overlooking the Mushika Plain. Each has a large wooden deck and refreshing plunge pool, the interior is spacious with a seating area and separate bedroom, separated by a bathroom. Glass sliding doors lead out to the deck with its wonderful views over the plain. There is also an open-air shower.
Children from eight years and up are welcome at Anabezi, although there are no specific childcare facilities. It should also be noted that in the interest of safety, participation of children in walking and canoe activities is limited to older children, and at the discretion of their guide.
The main area at Anabezi is a large thatched building surrounded by low walls, inside which is the bar and dining room. Outside is a large wooden deck and a wonderfully inviting swimming pool. Overlooking the Mushiku River and floodplain is a large tent, open all sides, with lots of comfortable seating and squashy sofas - the perfect place to relax for an afternoon. The camp also has a fire pit on the lawn for the cooler evenings.
Activities from Anabezi include day and night game drives in smart new 4x4 vehicles, accompanied by your experienced guide - leopard spotting in this part of the park is a highlight! Trips on the river, on the larger boat and also by canoe are available, as are walks accompanied by a park scout. Fishing equipment is available for those who wish to have a go as well.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Anabezi is the latest camp in the Lower Zambezi and has brought a South African feeling lodge to the valley. The 12 tented suites are vast and well thought out with both an inside bathroom, as well as an outside shower, loo and basin so you have the choice to shower under the stars or bathe away from any bugs inside.
During our stay at Anabezi we went for the most wonderful sundowner on one of the side channels of the Zambezi and watched the river turn pink as the sun set which was very special. We also spotted a leopard, civets, genets and huge numbers of elephant and a large herd of buffalo on our day and night drives.
Canoeing on the Zambezi River
The Zambezi is renowned for truly spectacular canoeing as it provides you with the chance to see game from a wholly different perspective...looking up at it instead of down!
Fishing on the Zambezi River
The Zambezi River is host to some of the most incredible fresh water sport fishing in the world with both spinning and fly fishing, on a strictly catch and release policy according to the park rules. The most popular quarry is the infamous Tigerfish.
Game Viewing in the Lower Zambezi
Game viewing in the Lower Zambezi National Park, with varying options such as game drives, boat and canoe safaris, or bush walks, is the highlight of any safari trip to Zambia.
Location & directions
Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Anabezi is located on the eastern side of the Lower Zambezi National Park, bounded by the Zambezi Escarpment to the North and the mighty Zambezi River to the South. It's perfectly placed to explore the parks wildlife and also to take a trip through the Mpata Gorge.
How to get there
10 hour overnight flight from the UK to Johannesburg and then connect onwards to Lusaka, approximately two hours' flight. From Lusaka it's a short hop of about 40 minutes in a light aircraft. You'll then be met and taken via game drive transfer to Anabezi.
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